Altered High (Youth)

Altered High Youth Service is for young people aged from 13 - 20 and their family/whānau.

We see young people who have concerns about their use of alcohol and/or other drugs. We also support young people affected by a parent's or other whānau member's use of substances (the young person may or may not use substances themselves). We hold a family/whānau inclusive approach with the young people who engage with us whenever possible.

We engage with young people with information and support to help them make a change or a decision about what to do, to stop or cut down, and if they are continuing to use to reduce the harms associated with using substances. Some also experience mood or mental health challenges alongside their use of substances.

We are a mobile community service covering the wider Auckland region so travel to meet with young people where they are, in an environment most suitable for them such as their education setting, rooms in community settings, home. We also engage with young people via video-call and phone sessions.

We have a Rainbow-focussed clinician available and we liaise with other agencies who are supporting young people.

We also offer an evening Whānau Group (on Zoom) for whānau and caregivers concerned about or affected by their young person’s use of substances, whether the young person is engaged with us or not, with individual support where appropriate.

Referrals to Altered High

  • Anyone can refer to Altered High but it is preferable that young people refer themselves
  • The young person must consent to and be involved in the referral process
  • Our Enquiry & Referral line can be contacted Monday to Friday 8.30 – 4.30pm. One of our youth clinicians will take your call, explain our service and answer questions, discuss your needs and take a referral if appropriate.

 For more information about our service, a brief enquiry contact page and our Referral Form see our website link)